Immunizations are also known as vaccines or shots. They have done such a good job of controlling diseases in developed countries like the United States, that the benefit of shots and the purpose of them are easily forgotten. The week of April 21-28 is time to celebrate the health benefits that shots provide our children.
“National Infant Immunization Week is an opportunity to remind the public and the health care community of the tremendous accomplishments and the importance of early childhood immunization”, states Dr. Jeffrey Moore, Medical Advisor for the Lincoln County Health Department. “Prior to the era of widespread immunization, serious and life-threatening infectious diseases were common among infants and children, who are otherwise the most vulnerable members of our community. Such diseases are now extremely rare, primarily due to the protection provided by infant immunizations. Continued universal application of this safe and effective program is key to maintaining a healthy population,” added Moore.
Lincoln County Health Department reminds residents that we offer monthly immunization clinics by appointment only in Merrill (at the Health Department) every second Tuesday from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. and third Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for those eligible. For more information on immunizations or to make an appointment, contact Jennifer Johnson, Public Nurse at the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307.